Two new 4x4 products that’ll come in handy for that next vehicle recovery: Tred boards and MSA 4x4’s winch rope protector.
Tred GT and HD recovery boards
Tred has released two new recovery boards to suit four-wheel drivers with different needs, vehicles and budgets. While the new Tred GT (Grand Touring) and Tred HD (Heavy Duty) recovery boards share the same design, they are made from different materials.
According to Tred, the new boards have the same essential recovery characteristics of the brand’s top-of-the-range Tred Pro model, but at a more affordable mid-level price. The Tred GT is made from polypropylene, while the Tred HD is made from a custom-engineered nylon blend; the former is suitable for vehicles up to 4000kg while the latter suits vehicles up to 4500kg.
Tred GT boards weigh just 2.7kg each and are designed for use in weather conditions ranging in temperature from 0°-55°C, while Tred HD boards weigh 3.5kg each and can be used in temperatures ranging from -15°-70°C.
Both GT and HD boards have dedicated entry and exit points, sipe locks to grip the outer edges of a vehicle’s tyres, a Tred-Link system that allows them to be linked together, and they offer various mounting options. They are also available in a range of colours.
RRP: $229 (Tred GT); $279 (Tred HD)
4x4 recovery guide: Recovery boards
MSA 4x4 winch rope protector
The team at MSA 4x4 has done it again, producing another top-notch off-road touring accessory in the form of this winch rope protector. Designed to eliminate any chance of damage to your winch rope from abrasion when it may come in contact with tree branches, rocks or other harsh terrain, the winch rope protector is made from super-tough 1680-denier Oxford Nylon.
The protector is designed to wrap around the winch rope and is affixed via four heavy duty Velcro strips, thus providing a protective sleeve over the rope. Also included are reflective tape strips for better visibility when/if submerged (or at night) and two handles that allow for easy positional adjustment of the protector on the rope.
The quick-fit design means it takes just a few seconds to fit, and it’s also easy to remove once the recovery has been completed. There’s even a handy storage bag to ensure the rope protector is ready to go again for the next recovery.